Boyertown looks to solve PAC-10 basketball mystery


BOYERTOWN – There is one unsolved mystery shrouding the early portion of the Pioneer Athletic Conference boys basketball season.

Why is Boyertown perfect in five nonleague starts with two tournament titles, and winless in three PAC-10 outings?

“I can’t really explain that,” said Boyertown power forward Tyler Moser after the Bears knocked off dangerous Gov. Mifflin, 64-57, to capture their own holiday tournament last Wednesday. “I wish I had an answer.”

The Bears expect to uncover the answer when the PAC-10 season kicks back into full gear this week. Boyertown resumes play Tuesday night by hosting Exeter in a nonleague contest, before rounding out a busy 5-day stretch week by hosting Owen J. Roberts Thursday and traveling to Pottstown Saturday.

“We’ve had some tough games in the early part of our league schedule,” said Boyertown coach Mike Ludwig, whose club has taken it on the chin from PAC-10 rivals Spring-Ford, Perkiomen Valley and Methacton in the early going. “We plan to get it turned around.”

The league turnaround will have to wait until Thursday for the Bears, but for the rest of the PAC-10 boys teams, the action resumes Tuesday with four league contests: Phoenixville at Pottstown, Spring-Ford at Owen J. Roberts, Methacton at Perkiomen Valley and Upper Perkiomen at Pope John Paul II. All those games are slated to tip off at 7:30 p.m., following 6 p.m. junior varsity contests. Pottsgrove, which won the Walt Katuzny Tournament at Radnor, is off until Thursday, when the Falcons host Pope John Paul II.

On the girls side of the hoops slate, PAC-10 Liberty Division-leading Spring-Ford hosts Owen J. Roberts, headlining a four-game league card. Elsewhere Tuesday Perkiomen Valley is at Methacton, Upper Perkiomen hosts Pope John Paul II and Pottstown travels to Phoenixville. In a nonleague clash, Pottsgrove entertains Great Valley. All varsity games are scheduled to tip at 7:30 p.m.

The Boyertown girls, fresh off a victory in the Boyertown Holiday Tournament, will resume play Thursday with a road game at Owen J. Roberts. The 8-1 Bears should be ready.

“We’ve played against a lot of good teams,” Boyertown sharpshooter Kelly Furman said. “I think we showed we can compete with anyone in District One.”

Boyertown posted a 61-46 win over Downingtown East in its tourney final last Wednesday.

“That’s one of the better teams in District One,” Boyertown girls coach Jason Bieber said. “We schedule a lot of tough teams, play the toughest competition we can get. We think it’s great in preparing us for our league and the  playoffs.”